The upgrade project is being handled by the machine’s manufacturer, Top Work – one of Taiwan’s leading producers of tool grinding machines. Based in Taichung City, and only a few miles away from NUM’s Taiwan facility, Top Work has collaborated with NUM on numerous CNC projects over the past few years and nowadays incorporates NUMROTO software in many of its tool grinding machines.
The National Formosa University (NFU) is ranked one of Taiwan’s best technological universities. It has four colleges and 19 departments, and runs 18 master’s degree and two doctoral degree programmes. Over 10,000 students are currently enrolled at the university.
Postgraduate students pursuing master’s degrees in engineering have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of modern tool manufacturing technology. The university’s engineering facilities include among others 3- and 5-axis milling machines, two Top Work tool grinding machines, and a Zoller genius 3 universal measuring machine.
According to Adrian Kiener, CSO Asia NUM, “We have links with a number of universities in Taiwan, and are pleased to support them whenever practicable. In this case, we became aware that the control software on one of the NFU’s original Top Work grinding machines was starting to impose limitations, so we decided to donate a complete CNC system.” The system is comprimised of NUM’s latest-generation Flexium+ 68 CNC hardware and software, together with a number of the company’s high performance digital servomotors.
NUM has also donated 20 copies of its renowned NUMROTO tool manufacturing and re-sharpening software, to help students acquire hands-on machine programming skills using 3D simulation techniques.
Founded in 2008, NUM Taiwan Ltd. is a subsidiary of NUM and is based in Taichung, where many machine factories are located. NUM Taiwan Ltd. is responsible for businesses throughout south-east Asia, Korea and Japan, including CNC project development, after-sales service, education, and training.